It's official: Bruins acquire Kaberle from Leafs

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It's official: Bruins acquire Kaberle from Leafs

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

OTTAWA It took a long time -- they first began discussing this deal in 2009 -- but Tomas Kaberle will finally be wearing Black and Gold.The four-time All-Star defenseman and among the best NHL power play specialists of the post-lockout era with the third-most power play assists (157) in the NHL over the last six seasons behind Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby is on his way to Boston after the B's agreed to send former first-round pick Joe Colborne, Bostons 2011 first-round pick, and a conditional pick to the Leafs.
The conditional pick is a second-rounder in 2012, and the Leafs will receive the pick if the Bruins re-sign Kaberle or if they reach the Stanley Cup finals.
The team announced the trade Tuesday afternoon. Kaberle will be in the lineup for the Bruins Friday night in Ottawa, as will Chris Kelly, whom they acquired from the Senators earlier this week.
Nick Kypreos, an ex-NHL player who now works as an analyst for Rogers SportsNet in Canada, reported on Twitter that Kaberle told him "It was just time to move on" and that he's "excited at the chance to go to Boston."In a related move, the Bruins traded Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta. Center Rich Peverley, one of the players acquired from the Thrashers, will join the team Sunday; the other player, defenseman Boris Valabik, is being assigned to the Providence Bruins.
The Bruins had been trying to entice Brian Burke with 6-foot-5 winger Blake Wheeler or former first round pick Zach Hamill, but the Leafs GM zeroed in on the 6-foot-6 former University of Denver pivot Joe Colborne. In essence the Leafs get a player very similar in skill and size to Wheeler, but whom they'll be able to control at an affordable price for the next few years while filling Burkes desire for a big center in the middle of Torontos attack.It seems like a long way from the first aborted Phil KesselKaberle trade back at the 2009 draft in Montreal, but finally the Bs got their defenseman with a team holding many pieces for an extended playoff run. Kaberle is expected to be in uniform and with the team for Friday night's game against the Senators in Ottawa after skating for an hour at practice with the Maple Leafs on Friday morning.TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report the entire Bruins package accuratelyfor Kaberle on Friday morning.

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Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins mixed things up with their roster a bit on Saturday after dropping a couple of games in a row to Washington and Colorado. 

Fourth-line energy winger Noel Acciari and playmaking forward Danton Heinen were called up from Providence and will be in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night. 
Acciari went to Providence the past couple of days to get some game action in after missing the past month with a lower body injury, but clearly showed he’s ready to go. 

So, Acciari is back to provide the same hard-hitting and energy he showed before he was hurt and Heinen is looking to show off a little more offense than in his first stint with the Black and Gold this season. He’ll be featured in a top role as left wing with David Krejci and David Backes and with marching orders to shoot the puck like he never shot it in his previous stint in Boston. 

For the Bruins, it’s about getting another look at a candidate to play left wing beside Krejci with both Ryan Spooner and Tim Schaller, with limitations to their respective games, unable to fully grasp that same opportunity. 

“My hope is that Heinen can come in and give us some good hockey. He’s a skill player and he’s been down there for a while, and he’s back up again because he’s been playing well,” said Claude Julien of the Bruins rookie, who had four goals and seven points in his past five games with Providence. “Hopefully he can play well here also. It’s about getting some confidence. When he went down to [the AHL] the pace of his game had to get a little bit better, and in the battles coming up with the puck along the walls. Those are the kinds of things we thought he could work on down in Providence.”

Heinen knows he needs to shoot the puck a bit more to show off his offense after a seven-game stint with the Bruins where he went scoreless, was a minus-2 and had just six shots on net.

“Being hard on the walls, playing fast and shooting the puck, those were all things I was working on [in Providence],” said Heinen, who has seven goals and 13 points in 13 games for the P-Bruins after being assigned to Providence. “I was doing what they told me to do [in Providence] and that’s shoot the puck. They were going in, and I was getting some good opportunities on the power play. It’s seriously tough to get chances [at the NHL level], so you can’t pass them up when you have chances. That was kind of my focus down there.”

Fellow fourth-line energy winger Anton Blidh has been shipped to Providence after three solid games with the Black and Gold. 

Julien said Blidh goes back to Providence having adequately shown that he can play in the NHL. He clearly showed the Bruins that he understands his role as a player that stirs things up a bit and gets his nose dirty on a regular basis.

“[Blidh] was fine. No issues there. He does his job. He plays with lots of energy and obviously he’s getting more experience. He’s a lot better at understanding his positioning within the game and what he has to do,” said Julien. “I thought he helped us out for the time that he was here.”

With Heinen and Acciari both in the lineup and Blidh back in Providence, that means Jimmy Hayes will be scratched after dressing for three of the past four games for Boston.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now.